Daily Review 06/12/2016

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  1. Rosemary McDonald 1

    Oh, this is just sooo inspiring….

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/87253496/National-MP-Nikki-Kaye-returning-to-full-duties-after-breast-cancer-treatment

    Nikki Kaye is going back to work after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

    Gets all teary about her Departing Leader, waxes positively lachrymal about how
    ..
    ” “He’s [Key] just been the most incredible person and he’s been a great friend, but also he’s just given me so much space to be able to get well.”

    Well, that’s just fine and dandy Nikki .

    How about those ‘other courageous cancer sufferers, you remember, the hundreds who were put on the Jobseekers Allowance….

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/80593373/cancer-patient-told-to-find-job-by-work-and-income

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/75373823/Leukaemia-patient-told-by-Work-and-Income-to-find-a-job-or-risk-his-benefit

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11528825

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/295580/cancer-sufferer-loses-employment-fight

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/286914/jobseeker-benefit-for-cancer-patients-'ludicrous

    Take a little wander over to the Givealittle site Nikki…read the begging stories of those not so lucky, those without a nice Boss like John Key who’ll give them the ‘space ‘ to get well…

    But I’m guessing that you didn’t have to stand in line for treatment through the Public Health system and encounter the sort of folk for whom a diagnosis is devastating in every facet of their and their families’ lives.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/case-private-care-unclear

    https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2011/vol-124-no-1334/view-fenton

    http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2015/february-2015/18-february-2015/private-cancer-treatment-centre-provides-vital-public-service.aspx

    All fine for those who can afford medical insurance…

    https://www.amp.co.nz/personal/news/insights/2016/march/kiwis-confronting-
    rising-cancer-rates-and-treatment-costs

    Brighter Future for the Privileged…

    • James 1.1

      Yeah let’s hate on a cancer survivor simply because you don’t like who she works for and her politics.

      You are truly graceless.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1.1

        Behind those headlines are actual people who suffer far worse fates than a highly paid MP ever would.

      • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.2

        Clearly you seem to think it is perfectly OK for one of the privileged to gloat about the wonderful support she got when battling cancer when so many others have to beg?

        Are hounded and threatened by the agency our taxes fund to support people when the chips are down.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/75373823/Leukaemia-patient-told-by-Work-and-Income-to-find-a-job-or-risk-his-benefit

        “”I rang and said Jason has cancer, and they said it has to be done like that because there is no such thing as a Sickness Benefit.”

        The Sickness Benefit was merged into the Job Seekers Benefit as part of welfare shake-up July 15 2013.

        “It really upset me, and I didn’t want him to see this and get upset. It’s ridiculous.”

        Then the second letter came, claiming that even though the agency had now seen Leger’s medical certificates, he still needed to be “actively seeking work”.

        Leger said the suggestion of sending out CVs from his hospital bed sounded like a bad joke.

        “It’s that extra stress that you don’t need at this time going through the treatment,” he said.

        He had worked full-time since leaving school, and had never been on a benefit, with doctors even questioning how he had survived working up to the day of his diagnosis.”

        You think this is OK, James?

        or….

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/295580/cancer-sufferer-loses-employment-fight

        “A woman whose job was given to someone else while she received cancer treatment has lost her case for unfair dismissal, and must also pay her former company $3000.

        When Auckland administrator Corinne Tribe found out she had mouth cancer, she sent an email to her employer at J Scott and Company Timber saying she hoped to stay, but would understand if she was replaced.

        Later she wrote…””I am concerned that my ability to speak clearly, whilst not hindering the job itself, may make it difficult for a new employer to take a chance on me so if it was at all possible for me to keep in touch with the hope of anything that may come up at JSC I would be very grateful.”

        She was asked to confirm her resignation in writing but refused.

        She sent another email days later: “I look forward to being back in the work place as the valuable employee that I have been this far.””

        No ‘space to get well’ from this employer…no siree…then they go for costs because she fought for her job.

        Yet Nikki gloats….almost as if she was oblivious to those who have gone before down this road.

        Much better for her just to turn up and shut up, or if she wished to be graceful she could have said….

        “I understand how lucky, how incredibly privileged I am to have a job that pays very well, that allows me months off (on full pay?) for treatment and recovery as well as the personal support of my boss. I apologise sincerely and from the bottom of my heart for the dreadful and cruel policies that the government I am a part of have put in place that have made the already unbearably difficult lives of other cancer sufferers even more intolerable. My very first mission when I return to work will be to beg my colleagues to repeal any and all policies and legislation which were enacted to kick New Zealander’s when they are already down.”

        Sob.

        • Grey Area 1.1.2.1

          Rosemary, don’t waste your time or your energy. You’re giving him exactly what he wants.

          • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.2.1.1

            No worries Grey Area…if feeding this particularly nasty little troll gives me the opportunity to put a spotlight on the real damage this Mob has done…then bring it on chum.

            Kicking Kiwis on the Ground…a sport for Key and Crew since 2008…

        • Ethica 1.1.2.2

          Thanks Rosemary. I don’t think people realise there is no Sickness Benefit anymore and that people with serious illnesses and having treatment for them are considered to be Jobseekers and must go out and search for jobs, go to courses to write CVs etc. This includes those who have been forbidden from working by their doctors because of such conditions as temporary blindness, or the effects of chemotherapy or suppressed immune systems. A National Party MP even referred to the option of the Sickness Benefit recently. No it does not exist. And that is cruel.

          • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.2.2.1

            “A National Party MP even referred to the option of the Sickness Benefit recently. ”

            Sadly, this does not surprise me.

            To be honest, I suspect that Nikki Kaye also might be idling under the illusion that all New Zealander’s have such a positive cancer experience.

            That the safety nets are there and fully functional.

            So, I might, just might have been a tad harsh on Ms. Kaye…maybe she’s simply ignorant rather than heartlessly cruel.

            • Anne 1.1.2.2.1.1

              So, I might, just might have been a tad harsh on Ms. Kaye.

              No. Even if she IS ignorant of the truth… that makes it worse. That a Cabinet minister no less doesn’t have a clue what’s going on under her nose maybe par for the course with this lot, but its beyond disgraceful. Good on you for having the guts to tell it like it is.

      • b waghorn 1.1.3

        oh poor little james is offended again , well guess what james , get fucked ,your cunt leader and his mates have fucked the health system in this country, 60 plus days for most cancer patients before they get treatment, i know a fulla can’t get a new knee because of his high bmi supposedly except when he asked if it would be done if he had the money they said yes it would, get a fucking spine you sad git.

        • James 1.1.3.1

          Perhaps he should lose weight. It might be what fucked his knee in the first place.

          • b waghorn 1.1.3.1.1

            oh mister offended thinks people that are overweight don’t deserve help, has the thought crossed your mind that part of why he’s heavy is because pain has lowered his mobility. and 40 years of farming fucks most people s joints , their wouldn’t be many 65 year old cockies that haven’t got a steel knee or hip

          • Muttonbird 1.1.3.1.2

            Fat-shaming now? I thought that was a personal bug-bear of yours.

            • Banjo 1.1.3.1.2.1

              Yes a surprising comment from someone who recently spoke out against fat-shaming ….. and claimed that their concern was consistent and sincere …..

              James 5.1
              23 September 2016 at 8:16 am
              ” Whats his weight got to do with it. Think you can make comments without going on the persons weight? Or is that only acceptable if you are insulting a man or someone with different political views?”

              James …
              23 September 2016 at 4:48 pm
              “I have commented on this several times – from women being called a bitch – to references to peoples weight …. So – I can back up my sincerity by being consistent”

          • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.3.1.3

            My, my, my, James, What a little potty mouth you’re turning out to be.

            Bad knee-hard to excercise-gain weight-knee worse-less excercise-more weight gain….vicious circle.

            Solution? Fix the fucking knee.

        • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.3.2

          “…except when he asked if it would be done if he had the money they said yes it would, ”

          And there b waghorn is that nail hit squarely on the head….

          Those handwringing specialists who say ’60 day wait for treatment’ in the Public Health system because ‘we’re all so overworked and we haven’t got enough expert specialists to treat you madam’, are the very same ‘doctors’ who peculiarly have the time to treat your wealthy arse within days if you are privileged enough to be able to stump up the dosh.

          I went to a follow up appointment with a friend who had been through rather grueling treatment for leukaemia. The doctor was thorough, caring and respectful and showed a genuine personal interest in the life of my friend…not just their health. There had been trouble at the hospital recently….largely to do with waiting times for treatment….This doctor noted that many of his colleagues also had private practices so they were not full time at the Public Hospital. This doctor could not understand how they could split their time and attention two ways…’serving two masters’. I suggested that the salary paid by the Public Hospital to secure a full time specialist was insufficient….this doctor said, “I have a nice house and a nice car. My children go to good schools and I can afford to take my wife and children back home (to Bangladesh) every year to see my mother and siblings. what more do I need?” All this with a humble and self deprecating shrug.

          The steady privatisation of the health system has been a long term goal of the right since…well…the Public health System was developed.

      • Whispering Kate 1.1.4

        Get a life James, Nikki is very fortunate to have had time off from a lenient public service who earn their living off the hard working PAYE taxpayer. She is more than likely to have private insurance and yes, its a piece of cake for the wealthy to access care for cancer treatments than the not so well off.

        How miserable can you be to call Rosemary graceless – she is just stating a fact and by the way I wish Nikki Kaye a successful recovery from Breast cancer – you are just a muck raking troll.

    • Naki man 1.2

      Recently i had a skin cancer cut out at Waikato Hospital. I waited six weeks for them to see me and have a look, they were seeing patients in the weekend to reduce the waiting list. Just over a week later they were operating on me.
      My partener just had a foot xray that was a two week wait.
      I think the service is pretty good.

      • Molly 1.2.1

        Why would you think that your personal fairly positive experience, negates the likelihood that others have a negative one?

        BTW, your procedures sound fairly minor and easily dealt with. I have watched a friend – over the last several years – battle with ACC and the MoH over injuries received during a public surgery. The case continues, but not without the immense stress and harm inflicted by institutions intent on denying liability.

        Also, at least you were not in the position of having to go on Jobseekers allowance as well. The anecdotes that Rosemary outlines above should have you wondering about the efficiency of sanctions policies, and the cold heartedness of such a system.

  2. Macro 2

    And they call it a “Democracy” 🙄
    Broken Machines, passwords “admin”, “abcde” , No problem with the count – Yeah Right!

    • alwyn 2.1

      If this story is correct it would seem the place where the errors are likely to have occurred is one where Hillary “Won in a landslide”.
      It would appear that the number of over counted votes is likely to be proportional to the number of genuine votes cast, if the error was due to jammed papers ending up being counted twice. It is hardly likely that there is a pattern of jammed papers that favours Trump who would have less votes in the area. The machines aren’t that smart.
      Thus it seems that Trump may have won the State by more than the reported 10,000 or so.
      Bad luck Hillary

    • AsleepWhileWalking 2.2

      I heard that in Michigan the votes are all paper. They get added to a computer later on.

  3. Psych nurse 3

    Just noticed Paula Bennett on TV, she’s looking very orange, hints of Trump. A winning move.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    US Lawmakers Move to Criminalize ‘Fake News, Propaganda’ on the Web

    The witch hunt for “fake news” and “Russian propaganda” has been kicked up a notch, after the House passed a bill quietly tucked inside the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, designed to crack down on free speech and independent media.

  5. joe90 5

    Consequences.

    On Sunday, a man walked into a pizzeria in Washington, DC, with an assault rifle and fired one or more shots.

    The scene, thankfully, was not another example of a mass shooting — no one was injured or killed. Instead, it was the result of a fake news story about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign that proliferated on social media in the weeks before Election Day.

    The totally false conspiracy theory claims that Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager, John Podesta, ran a child sex ring at a pizzeria in DC, Comet Ping Pong. Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump supporters and white supremacists on social media have pushed the conspiracy theory — leading to headlines like “Pizzagate: How 4Chan Uncovered the Sick World of Washington’s Occult Elite” on fake news websites

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/12/5/13842258/pizzagate-comet-ping-pong-fake-news

    #pizzagate

    • AsleepWhileWalking 5.1

      Curiously customers leapt to defend the pizzeria, rather than describe what occurred during what must have been a terrifying scene (refers to comment made by Doug Hagmann in the video below).

      • McFlock 5.1.1

        Curiously, these two fuckwits use dime-store pop psychology to ignore that fact that their lies caused some nutbar to “self investigate” using firearms.

  6. AsleepWhileWalking 6

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-05/website-raising-money-fund-assassinations-trump-pence-uncovered-dark-web

    “He’s actually just a little scammer, but now he’s calling to murder the president-elect. I don’t see how anyone could sit back and watch someone doing that. I actually planned to send an email to the United States Secret Service about him, but I can’t find an appropriate email address of the USSS, so I’ve to post this here. The message is signed: “The kind Austrian citizen, 1k4.”

  7. nom 7

    So, the dead eyed lizard king is dead, long live the lizard king!

    Any bets on where John is going to end up slithering off to?

  8. Muttonbird 8

    Don Brash on Judith Collins as PM: ‘She has the integrity’

    Sadly, despite being morally corrupt, the National caucus will not fall for this shit. Could Collins have a worse endorsement than from Don Brash?

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/don-brash-on-judith-collins-as-pm-she-has-the-integrity-2016120619

  9. swordfish 9

    I wonder if the timing of Key’s announcement inadvertently reveals something about National’s expectations surrounding the Mt Roskill By-Election ?

    Key says he made his decision to step down in September, in early October he / the Govt confirm the By-Election date, and he, no doubt, decides at this point that he’ll make his resignation announcement a few days later.

    Despite all the ex post facto nonsense about Mt Roskill’s alleged status as one of the great Labour strongholds, it must have looked potentially winnable to Key and Joyce back in Sep / Oct … National ahead in the Party Vote there at the 2014 General Election, the Right Bloc ahead of the Left 48 / 46 (albeit, the broader Opposition slightly ahead of the Right 52 / 48).

    Yeah, it may have turned out more like Christchurch East and Mt Albert in the end, but from the perspective of Sep / Oct (with nationwide Polls tentatively beginning to suggest a swing back to the Right), the audacious idea of poaching a rare By-Election win off the Opposition (with all the associated MSM headlines), thus setting up the new National Leader / PM for a great Election run next year – must have seemed eminently do-able.

    At the very least, the timing suggests they were hoping for a 2010 Mana – where the Nat candidate slashed Labour’s majority.

    Ah, but the best laid plans of mice and men, eh … after a week of bad press inspired by the opportunist Leggett, Mt Roskill sees Labour end very much on the front foot – just when National least wanted it.

    • Muttonbird 9.1

      Yes, at the very least they were set on a significantly reduced majority and even had ideas of winning the seat.

      But they got man-shamed. Michael Wood’s win and the massive effort put in by his supporters and the wider Labour campaign outfit surprised and crippled National and Key in equal proportions.

      I’m not saying this resignation was due to the result of the Mt Roskill by election (I did intimate that a day or so ago but I’ll retract and agree that Key would have quit yesterday win or lose), but you are right that the resignation was tied to the Mt Roskill by election.

      As it happened National got dicked and the furore around Key quitting has really squashed any immediate momentum Labour might have taken into the new year.

      As always quite deceitful of John Key and his machine.

  10. Muttonbird 10

    Shares in wrap around sunglasses manufactures plummeted today with the news John Key’s security detail could be looking for other work.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/87256428/what-will-happen-to-keys-security-detail

  11. Rosemary McDonald 11

    And now for something completely different…

    This nasty little piece of police work that has seen four police officers charged with assault in the Napier District Court.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/319193/tasers-and-dogs-used-on-suspect-in-car,-court-told

    Four police officers have been accused of using excessive force when they fired tasers and set dogs on a wanted man, who died at the scene, in Napier last year.
    Crown prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk said police were called to Raymond McPeake’s home in Hastings in March 2015 after reports the 76-year-old had been beaten by his son, armed with what was described as a cosh.

    Raymond McPeake was taken to hospital but Mr McPeake’s son, 53-year-old Gregory McPeake, was nowhere to be found.
    Mr McPeake as “a huge chronic alcoholic and a previous drug user”. It said he “might be parked up somewhere drinking and contemplating suicide and there was a suggestion that he might want to kill his father and brother”.

    Mr Vanderkolk said an officer found Mr McPeake’s two-door hatchback SUV parked up at Napier’s Westshore. He put road spikes down before calling for back-up.

    The officers called to Mr McPeake to get out of the car and when they got no response from the 179kg man, they decided to break the car’s windows and use pepper spray.

    Mr McPeake lashed out at the police and kept the doors locked, despite efforts to get him out.

    Two officers fired tasers through the passenger’s and driver’s windows and two police dogs were also let loose in the car.

    “He somehow managed to get one of the dogs tangled up in the wires of one of the tasers, or the cables, and he held the other dog by the muzzle very firmly.”

    When the officers finally got the door open, Mr McPeake fell out of the car and landed face down. He was unresponsive and, despite attempts by the police officers and ambulance staff, later died.”

    That was on the 29th November….

    Today http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/319770/'you-can-negotiate-for-as-long-as-it-takes

    An officer from the AOS testifies…

    “Police officers had no justification for using tasers on a wanted man who refused to get out of his car, an Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) senior manager has told a Napier court.

    Canterbury AOS manager Inspector Bryan Buck said today the officers had contained Mr McPeake in his car, by sealing off exits with road spikes, and they should have called the AOS.

    “I have the view, the strong view, that if staff truly had the PCA [perceived cumulative assessment] of death/GBH [grievous bodily harm] and believed Mr McPeake posed that level of threat with a crossbow, then a vehicle assault was not the appropriate tactic, at all.”

    The officers did not have to act, he said.

    “In a case where this person, the sole occupant of a car, parked in front of a beach as it was, containment achieved through the positioning of road spikes and other staff that could be deployed to cut off points of exit – I was happy that containment was achieved, therefore time is your friend. In other words, you can negotiate with this person for as long as it takes.””

    This just might be one of those cases of police brutality where justice might prevail.

  12. adam 12

    how about that trump, not even in office and he’s aiming to take Native american land. Oh look, the committee into native americans has 4 out of 5 people who are tied to the oil industry. Now Colonial Viper, now you believe he is as evil as h.r.c? Now you think he is a corporate shrill and a elect for the 1%? What excuse are we going to get this time I wonder?

    And As I said after he was elected and the appointment of corporate clowns, this is just going to keep rolling with this muppet. So yeah you picked it, still does not stop trump from being a evil sob.

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    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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